The New Democratic Party (French: Nouveau Parti démocratique), commonly referred to by its acronym NDP in English and NPD in French, is a social-democratic federal political party in Canada.The current leader of the NDP is Thomas Mulcair, who was elected in the 2012 leadership election.
The provincial wings of the NDP in Manitoba and Nova Scotia currently form the governments in those provinces. Provincial parties have previously formed governments in British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, and the territorial party formed the government in Yukon. In the 2011 federal election under the leadership of Jack Layton, the NDP won the second-most seats in the Canadian House of Commons, gaining the title of Official Opposition for the first time in Canadian ...
Robin MacLachlan is the face of a new breed in Ottawa: NDP corporate lobbyist.
The former NDP staffer works the phones on behalf of 11 clients – including large companies such as Cisco Systems, Nalcor Energy and Nestlé Canada Inc. – and increasingly pops up on political talk shows as an NDP supporter.
He prefers to say he’s in the “government relations” business.
“The word lobbyist has taken on a bit of a pejorative character to it, so for that I may get the odd joke from my social democratic friends, but it’s all in good humour,” ...
New Democratic Party MPs called Thursday for stronger civilian oversight of the Canadian military, saying the Afghan-detainees affair has shown the need for greater transparency and accountability by the Canadian Forces.
They proposed the creation of a civilian office of inspector general, similar to positions in the United States and Australia.
Citing Britain and Australia, they said the existing judge advocate general — the top legal person in the military — should be a civilian, not a member of the armed forces.
The proposals were made at a news conference held by Ottawa MP ...
Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party (NDP) is now the best-ranked federal party leader in Canada, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 29 per cent of respondents approve of Layton’s performance, up three points since February.The approval rating for Canadian prime minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper stands at 26 per cent, down two points in a month. 15 per cent of respondents approve of the way Liberal and Official Opposition leader Michael Ignatieff is handling his duties, also down two points in a month. Canadians renewed the House of Commons in ...
NDP salutes the Quebec National Assembly’s CBC motion The Quebec National Assembly unanimously adopted a motion today urging the federal government to restore funding to the CBC, a move which the NDP is applauding. The Official Opposition will table a similar motion in the House of Commons.
“Quebec has unanimously asked the government to stop dismantling our public broadcaster, reiterating the importance of Radio-Canada’s French language broadcasts and regional presence,” said Official Opposition Heritage critic, Pierre Nantel (Longueuil-Pierre-Boucher). “The Conservative government can’t go on ignoring these requests while Canadians mobilize against their partisan cuts, both on the ground and in Quebec’s National Assembly.”
Nantel tabled a motion in the Heritage Committee yesterday, demanding a comprehensive inquiry into the liquidation of CBC assets, such as the costume warehouse closure and the sale of Montreal’s Maison de Radio-Canada. For several months now, the NDP has been defending the CBC via its campaign an
New Democrats pleased with government support of our Opposition Day motion for Thalidomide victims The NDP welcomes the confirmation that the Conservative government intends to support our Opposition Day motion to compensate Canadian Thalidomide survivors, who have been fighting to get the care they need for more than five decades.
“Thalidomide is one of the worst drug scandals in the history of Canadian health care. It’s time the survivors of this tragedy get the compensation they deserve, so they can afford the long-term care they require to live with dignity,” said NDP Health Critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East).
MPs will be debating the motion today, and a vote is set to take place next week. The NDP anticipates all-party support for the motion, bringing Parliamentarians from all sides together on this important issue.
Thalidomide was a drug prescribed to pregnant women in the 1960s, resulting in severe birth defects and a lifetime of challenges many of us can hardly imagine. The Canadian government delayed recalling the drug, which remained on the market more than three m
Congratulations to Senator Pierre Claude Nolin Yesterday Stephen Harper named Senator Pierre Claude Nolin the new Speaker of the unelected and unaccountable upper chamber.
And maybe the last Speaker of the Senate?
Senator Nolin is progressive on many issues, including drug policy and crime. It’s undoubtedly true that Harper wanted him out of Caucus meetings, where he may have been asking pointed questions about the constitutionality of government legislation or whether it’s effective.
We think a Speaker such as Nolin would be the ideal person to serve as the last Speaker of the Senate. More Canadians, and provincial governments, are coming to believe that it’s time to roll up the red carpet.
Canadians deserve better.
Statement from the NDP following the release of Canada Post's financial results Following the release of Canada Post’s financial results for the third semester, Official Opposition Canada Post critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie) made the following statement:
“Canada Post’s positive returns have once again disproved the fear mongering and catastrophic picture being painted by the Conservatives and Canada Post management. The Crown Corporation registered profits of $13 million in the third quarter of this year – a stark contrast to the $129 million lost during the same period last year. It’s also the third consecutive quarter that Canada Post has run a profit in 2014. Of course the last quarter is always the most profitable due to the holiday season, so Canada Post is poised to run a very profitable year in 2014. We would also like to point out that according to the Conference Board study, so often cited to justify the cuts to services, Canada Post was slated to lose $274 million in 2014. It’s important to note that these positive